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Posted on: January 31, 2020

McLean County Residents Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

The McLean County Health Department is pleased to announce that PreventT2 is now available to all residents of McLean County. PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of this lifestyle change program is to help individuals with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be guided by a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills they need to make lasting changes.

Participants will learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their success and find ways to overcome obstacles.

The McLean County Health Department will hold an introductory session (also known as Session Zero) to familiarize potential participants with the lifestyle change program and answer any questions. Session Zero will cover what is expected from participants in the program and allow community members to determine their readiness to participate. It will be held on February 5th from 5:30-6:30pm at the Health Department located at 200 W Front Street in Bloomington.

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years. “One in three American adults has prediabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Lucia Alvarez, Health Promotion Specialist. “The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

To learn more about how to enroll in the McLean County Health Department’s PreventT2 program, contact Lucia Alvarez by phone at 309-888-5954 or by email at Lucia.alvarez@mcleancountyil.gov.


PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is proven to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Research shows that modest behavior changes, such as making better food choices and increasing physical activity, reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at high risk for developing this disease. The National Diabetes Prevention Program brings together federal agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, academia, and other stakeholders to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with prediabetes. www.cdc.gov/PreventT2

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